Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Inveneo: Image Featured on Front Page

My current job installing rural wireless networks and training IT companies in developing regions with Inveneo has already taken me to some fascinating places.

This image, currently featured on the front page of the Inveneo website, was taken in a UNHCR refugee camp for displaced Congolese living in Rwanda.

The picture shows an engineer from Inveneo's Rwandan partner, RockGlobal, installing a long distance wi-fi antenna that will link the camp's classroom to the internet.

Matador Goods: Photo Contest Win

I heard that the guys at MatadorGoods were running a "favorite mountain" trekking and climbing photo contest. Since those are both things to do, I submitted a favorite of mine from Nepal.

Forget favorite mountain, this has to be one of my favorite spots on the planet: period. Khopara ridge is within a day or two’s trek of the popular Annapurna circuit in Nepal, but only sees 10s of visitors a year. A single rocky trekker’s hut graces the top of the ridge, and lets you sit and contemplate life high above the clouds.

Apparently the MatadorGoods photo editors and I have similar taste, and my win scored me a copy of Trekking + Climbing: The Andes by Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper.

The book features 26 treks and 18 climbing Peaks in the South American wilderness. I've never been to South America...I'm hoping maybe this will inspire me to plan a trip.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

NRIDS: Building wireless networks in Nepal

While I was in Nepal, I spent time working with my good friend Sudip Aryal. Sudip started a organization called NRIDS (Nepal Rural Information-technology Development Society) to increase access to technology in his home district of Syangja.
Sudip and I spent a lot of time planning a rural wireless network to beam internet from the tourist hotspot of Pokhara over a nearby mountaintop, and down to five villages in Syangja district. The entire project could be done with the same hardware you use to get wifi access in your local coffeeshop.

NRIDS has a network plan, it also has technical volunteers willing to work for free. Now all it needs is money to buy the hardware: USD $8000 to be exact. Check out the fundraising piece I did for NRIDS, and if you feel like it...give a few bucks by PayPal. Every bit helps!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

NetSquared Referenced my article

NetSquared mentioned (if not quoted) my 'Giving Back to your Subjects' article in their discussion of 'Pentaxploitation: do photography and social change really go together?'

...ok, so I'm several months late in knowing about it, their mention was in November 2008. Still, just goes to show it's worth googling yourself every once in a while.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Slideshow: San Francisco Brides of March 2009

...back in San Francisco for less than a month and I'm already shooting drag queens in wedding dresses. I love this town. Check out my slideshow for the event, and remember: beware the brides of March.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Slideshow: Glimpses of Nepal

This is a quick slideshow I put together of some of the things I've been shooting over here in Nepal. Music is the beautiful "Latika's Theme" from Slumdog Millionaire.